Powder Brows

Powder Brows Aftercare: Day by Day

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If you decided to have a powder brows treatment, bear in mind that the aftercare is a big part of how successful it will turn out. You must strictly follow the instructions given by your powder brows artist.

The aftercare tips must be clear and your artist must be available to answer all of your additional questions and help you in case something goes wrong.

It will come in handy to know what kind of aftercare is required, so keep reading.

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What are Powder Brows?

Powder eyebrows are a semi-permanent makeup technique that consists of the pigment insertion into the surface layers of the skin. It is performed using ‘dotting’ technique, a misty, powdery effect on client’s brows. A touch-up appointment is in most cases considered as a part of the initial treatment and it takes place a couple of weeks after the initial procedure. 

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How Long Does Ombre Powder Brows Aftercare Last?

While the healing period lasts 4-6 weeks, you don’t need to follow the aftercare routine tips that long. The first 10 days are crucial and you have to be extra careful with your freshly done powder brows. After that, you can be a little bit more relaxed.

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What are the Basic Rules of Powder Brows Aftercare?

Even though the rules are very strict, they are not hard to follow. The most important advice you need to remember is to leave your powder brows alone. Therefore,

  • don’t touch, scratch or rub them
  • don’t wear makeup
  • don’t pick scabs
  • don’t sleep on your face
  • avoid physical activity, house chores, sweating and dust
  • avoid saunas and swimming pools as well as long showers
  • avoid sun exposure and tanning
  • avoid having facial treatment until the brows are completely healed.

How Do I Clean My Eyebrows?

When it comes to cleaning your ombre powder brows, it is best to clean the area with a wet cotton pad, to remove the extra lymph. Then dry it gently, with a clean tissue. Depending on which kind of healing your artist recommends, you might be advised to use some ointment. Apply a thin layer of it and be careful not to clog the pores.

In addition, you might need to take a break with the skin products you normally use, because they might contain exfoliates.

What Types of Aftercare are there?

If you read articles about ombre powder brows aftercare online, you might notice that some of them say that you should treat your brows with an ointment to help them heal faster. Others, however, say that no additional creams or products are allowed and that you should leave your brows alone.

This can be confusing. There are two types of healing – wet and dry healing. After cleaning your brows gently with a cotton pad, you should apply a thin layer of a recommended ointment, but only if your artist says so. If your powder brows artist thinks that dry healing gives better results,  listen to them.

When in doubt what ointment to use, again, ask your esthetician. They should know what gives best results for their clients. Your powder brows artist will probably recommend a cream based on panthenol and glycerin. Aquaphor is most commonly used, as well as coconut oil and crèmes that contain virgin olive and avocado oil. They are great for moisturizing and healing the treated area. Ointments that contain honey and propolis are good antibacterial products. Some artists are fans of Vaseline, too.

Some ointments may contain shea butter, cocoa butter, bee wax, so if you are allergic to any of these products, inform your artist.

Ombre Powder Brows Aftercare – Day by Day Overview

Day 1

The treated area is sensitive and a little bit swollen. The pigment is too intense and there is some redness. The area is prone to infections since the wound is fresh. Therefore, keep it clean, don’t sweat, don’t touch it. The healing process starts right after the treatment.

Day 2-4

Wash your brows carefully as advised. Make sure your hands are clean. If advised, apply a thin layer of ointment with a q-tip. Don’t use too much ointment because your pores need to breathe.

Days 5-7

The scabbing stage starts. Be extra careful during this period. Remove extra lymph with a clean tissue and apply ointment if advised. The ointment can be helpful during the scabbing stage because it softens the scabs. Under no circumstances should you pick the scabs or peel them off. You can ruin your powder brows that way.

Days 10-14

The aftercare period is almost over. You can stop using the ointment when all the scabs fall off. Your eyebrows are probably light and patchy, but don’t worry. The color will return and the patches will be filled in at the first touch up. You can slowly return to your normal routine and even start wearing makeup. Still, be careful not to use the products that contain exfoliates.

How Long After the Powder Brows Treatment Can I Wash My Face?

You can wash it the very same day, but don’t be aggressive. Don’t wash over the brows. The best way to do it is to clean it with a cotton pad and some water, avoiding the treated area.

After day 10, you can wash your face the way you always do it.

Am I Allowed to Shower After the Appointment?

Yes, of course, but make it quick. Steam is not a friend of freshly done eyebrows, so don’t shower for longer than 5 minutes.

How Do I Maintain My Powder Brows Once They are Healed?

Regular touch ups will prolong your powder brows’ life expectancy. Book a touch up appointment as soon as you notice they started fading. If you do it regularly, your powder brows can last up to 4 years.

Some people might notice that their powder brows fade faster than other people’s. That is perfectly normal. The speed of fading depends on your skin type and lifestyle.

What if I Mess Up My Powdered Brows?

It is very unlikely to mess it up if you follow the aftercare rules. But if that somehow happens, contact your artist immediately. If the damage is not big, it is going to be fixed at the first touch up appointment.

Infections are very rare, but if it somehow happens, pay a visit to a dermatologist. They might prescribe some antibiotics or creams to cure the infection.

Choosing a reliable, experienced artist who works with sterile equipment and sterile conditions is very important. They must know everything about the powder eyebrows aftercare and side effects. You have to trust them and rely on them.

What Do I Do If My Powder Brows Start Fading Too Soon?

Since powder brows treatment is semi-permanent, fading is inevitable. However, if it starts fading too soon, something was not done right. Either some condition you might have speeds up the process of fading or it can be your artist’s fault.

Inform the artist about any conditions you have. In case treatment was not done properly and the pigment couldn’t retain, ask for correction or refund and go find another artist.


Powder brows aftercare rules are really not that hard to obey. Follow them religiously and expect great results.

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